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Barr Ellison Solicitors – commercial property
ARM Innovation Hub
7 June, 2021 - 21:56 By Tony Quested

AVEVA joint venture with International Maritime Industries to enhance ‘shipyard of the future’

An alliance between AVEVA in Cambridge and International Maritime Industries (IMI) in Saudi Arabia will result in the ‘shipyard of the future,’ the partners have revealed. The companies have collaborated over the long-term but the latest project is expected to be groundbreaking.

AVEVA is a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability.

The latest partnership will further advance IMI’s engineering solutions to include production and manufacturing processes, developing best-in-class products and services for the maritime sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). 

The new JV involves Saudi Aramco, Lamprell Plc, Bahri and Hyundai Heavy Industries and spans a 10-year period, to optimise digitalisation across the maritime lifecycle utilising AVEVA Unified Engineering and AVEVA Digital Ship and Shipyard Operations.

Set to be fully operational by 2023, IMI is driving an accelerated and advanced digital program to ensure it is able to commence yard operations using the most advanced technology innovations. 

This will help IMI to deliver agile and efficient new-build project execution, a connected, digitally-enabled workforce to ensure safe and effective ship production, and a smart connected shipyard to continuously optimise the operational efficiency of its facility. 

The partnership will see all parties collaborating on enhancing digital transformation for IMI’s core business processes and facilities. AVEVA and IMI will also join forces to power futuristic developments and co-innovation of new technologies, including digital solutions and services for the maritime industry. 

Fathi K. Al-Saleem, CEO at IMI, said: “The maritime industry is increasingly prioritising and integrating the digitalisation and automation of operations. IMI will offer a range of technologically advanced, high-quality sustainable products and innovative lifecycle management services for customers at internationally competitive prices. 

“As the largest full-service yard in the MENA region, IMI will help shape the maritime industry as a global leader and disruptor in applying digital solutions to manage, monitor and operate our innovative smart yard.” 

AVEVA is helping maritime sector organisations globally to transform their shipbuilding, utilising its end-to-end solutions. Increasingly, organisations are examining energy-efficient digital transformation technologies as they focus on automating processes, optimising operations, and enhancing efficiencies for a sustainable future.

With AVEVA’s broad software portfolio addressing all aspects of design, engineering and operation, IMI is now well positioned to realise its digital goals.

Peter Herweck, CEO at AVEVA, said: “AVEVA has a comprehensive portfolio of cutting-edge solutions for large-scale digital transformational projects for the maritime industry.

“We provide an integrated, data- management platform that spans IMI’s core business processes. We are also committed to being a strong partner for co-innovating on transformational technologies and services.

“We aim to play a key role in delivering data solutions for IMI, enabling them to offer smart digital products to customers. Using insights from advanced AI-infused analytics will enable IMI to continuously optimise its operational agility and engineering efficiency. We look forward to further building this partnership and taking it to new heights over the coming years.”

Located at Ras Al-Khair on Saudi Arabia’s eastern seaboard, International Maritime Industries will be the MENA region’s largest maritime facility, offering a globally unique product range. 

IMI aspires to be a world-leading ‘Shipyard of the Future’, an advanced and sustainable maritime hub providing ship and rig companies with state-of-the-art infrastructure, products, and high-quality solutions.

IMI is a Saudi Aramco sponsored joint venture (JV) with partners Hyundai Global Services, Bahri and Lamprell.

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